Bochnia, Poland (AP) – European countries struggled on Monday to cut the rising number of COVID-19 cases and increase vaccination, hoping it could spare hospitals from drowning out of the virus. The latest of the epidemic
Coronavirus cases are relentless to the attention of Polish hospitals. More than 35,000 new cases of the virus have been reported daily in the past two days and the government ordered new restrictions to prevent mass protests over the long Easter weekend. France’s health minister warned that the number of patients in the intensive care unit could match the levels from last year.
But in a sign of inequality from one country to another, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared. Barber shops, gyms and outdoor patios and restaurants will be open next week after the country reports on progress on the vaccine and its latest closures. Meanwhile, the U.S. immunization campaign continues to run rapidly, with 40 percent of the nation̵7;s adult population receiving at least one dose.
On Sunday, coronavirus cases were filled with nearly 120 beds at Bochnia County Hospital, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Krakow, said the patient, Edward Szumanski. One, 82, voiced concerns that some still refused to see the virus killing more than 2.8 million people worldwide as a threat. About 55,000 people have died in Poland.
“The disease is definitely there and it’s very serious. Someone who has never been through it, someone without their family might deceive themselves. But the reality is different, ”he said.
The more invasive and aggressive virus strains identified in the UK are spurring a significant increase in Europe. At the same time, voters in many countries were unhappy with the EU strategy. But also their own governments to deal with the outbreak and their failure to prevent re-infection.
France’s health minister Olivier Veran warned on Monday that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country’s intensive care unit could match the level of the first crisis last year. Speaking on TF1 television, he said the country could be close to the ICU’s saturation level in April 2020, when France’s ICU had more than 7,000 people with the virus, many of whom were in temporary facilities as demand exceeded the ICU’s capacity. Before the outbreak of the country
Veran expressed hope that France’s new infection peaks this week due to new partial blocking measures. After a long resistance to calls for a new school break, the French government shut down all unnecessary schools and shops across the country and impose a four-week travel restriction.
“We’ll manage,” Veran said.
The British government announced Monday that all children and adults will be able to test the coronavirus twice a week as a precaution against new outbreaks.Tests are being introduced as Johnson announced further steps. Went on the country’s roadmap after a three-month blockade.
The UK has nearly 127,000 deaths from the coronavirus, the highest in Europe. But both infection and mortality have declined dramatically during the deadline and since the start of the vaccination campaign so far, the first dose has been given to more than 31 million people or six in 10 adults.
Officials in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, have introduced tighter lockout restrictions after a sharp rise in virus cases. All schools in the city with a population of 3 million will be closed over the next two weeks and only those with a special card will be allowed on public transport.
“The hospital is almost full. The situation is difficult, ”said Vitali Klitschko, Mayor of Kyiv.
Elsewhere, North Macedonia has slowed mass vaccinations amid a shortage of vaccines as hospital hospitals shed new cases of COVID-19 and died last week.
In Greece, which is struggling with a severe recession, most retailers are allowed to open again. Monday despite a steady increase in COVID-19 infections. The opening measure has been in effect since early November, although stores will open briefly during the Christmas season. The prolonged shutdown put pressure on the economy.
Serbia has also cut measures against the coronavirus, despite a large number of infections and slow vaccinations. On Monday, the government allowed bars and restaurants to serve outside guests with reduced capacity and with respect to social isolation rules.
In the United States, senior health officials say young people are making the latest push for COVID-19 cases, as rising vaccination rates in older Americans help prevent the most serious cases of the elderly.
Dr. Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discussed the increased spread of the species, as well as the increase in youth sports and extracurricular activities, which are factors driving the increase in the number of cases. Continued in the past four weeks
But Walensky points to a positive development in the elderly, the most vulnerable age group. Senior virus deaths have fallen to the lowest levels since early fall.More than 75% of people 65 and older nationwide have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and nearly 55% are fully vaccinated.
“What we’re seeing is a drop in emergency department visits and hospital visits related to that demographic,” she said on Monday.
More than 23% of all adults in the United States are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
Several states are producing vaccines for the younger population. From Monday, all adults in Florida are eligible for the vaccine. The state also announced that 16 and 17-year-olds could be vaccinated with parental permission.
Charlton reported from Paris. Associated Press Writer Michael Kunselman in College Park, Maryland Jill Lawless in London; Zeke Miller in Washington; Yuras Karmanau in Kiev, Ukraine; Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia; Constantine Testoride in Skopje, North Macedonia; Derek Gatopoulos in Athens, Greece; And Costas Kantouris in Thessaloniki, Greece, contributed to this report.